BONITA SPRINGS, Fla., - Bonita Springs business owners are shocked after learning workers at neighboring massage parlors are accused of conducting sex acts for money.
Zhang Xiuying, Yin Baohua, and Shunzi Li are facing prostitution charges following an undercover investigation by the Lee County Sheriff's Office - the latest of several similar busts in Southwest Florida.
"Its mind boggling. It's something I never really would have thought about especially right here in Bonita," said Benjamin Lamb, a manager at a nearby vape shop. "When we walk by, they're just doing their own thing, bunkering in," Lamb adds.
The accused massage parlors refused to speak with Four In Your Corner Friday.
"These types of places need to be investigated more often," said Jenny Wiser, owner of Beauty and Massage School in the same plaza. "It affects the professionalism of massage therapy which is what we're trying to uphold," she adds.
Wiser urges people looking into getting massage services to watch out for sketchy ones.
"When you see lights on a building like that and it's 10, 11 o clock at night, you know it's not a professional practice," she said.
According to a police report, the three women did have active massage therapist licenses when they were arrested. Now, the Florida Department of Health and Massage Board will be investigating and may revoke those licenses.